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Dritter Mephisto-Walzer, S215a
composer
1883; first draft

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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 56 – Rarities, Curiosities, Album Leaves and Fragments' (CDA67414/7)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 56 – Rarities, Curiosities, Album Leaves and Fragments
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'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
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Dritter Mephisto-Walzer, S215a
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The original conception of the Third Mephisto-Waltz has never been published, but the comparison between this version and the work's final form is an engrossing study: the first version is almost too concise, whilst the later version is right at the edge of prolixity. Both contain a reflective musing passage – risking the loss of the waltz character in an excursion into 4/4 time – and both deliberately exploit an uneasy fluctuation between D sharp minor (the unusual key of the piece) and F sharp major (its more comfortable relation).

from notes by Leslie Howard © 1999

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